Matthew 25:6-9 (NLT)
6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, `Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and welcome him!’
7 All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, `Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the others replied, `We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’ “
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The lamp light of the 5 wise bridesmaids (or virgins, as in some Bible translations) illuminates this scene.
5 wise bridesmaids (on the right of the scene) and 5 foolish bridesmaids (on the left)
This is a straightforward interpretation of the narrative described in Matthew chapter 25. We can see the 5 wise bridesmaids (or virgins) pouring their oil into their lamps. The light off to the right of the scene represents the arrival of the bridegroom, which the 5 wise bridesmaids are starting to walk towards.
The central bridesmaid on the right is telling her foolish counterpart “We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.“ We can see the other 4 foolish bridesmaids starting off up some stone steps for the shops!